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Hunger Is Not a Destiny – New aid models and Israeli technology can help feed the world

By Elad Levi, Netafim’s Managing Director, Head of Africa It doesn’t make for sensational headlines, but one problem that impacts hundreds of millions of people, particularly in Africa, has accompanied us through the ages – poverty and hunger. The good news is that a solution is within our reach. Let’s look at the facts. Some 75 percent of the world’s poorest countries are in Africa, with nearly 415 million people living in extreme poverty across sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 50 percent … Full article click here >>

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Climate-right vegetables in Papua New Guinea

The thing about salad vegetables, and other crops, is that they respond very differently in different climatic conditions. In a tropical climate, such as that of Papua New Guinea in the South-Western Pacific with its incredible cultural and biological diversity, it’s just not so easy to grow salad vegetables on the 2.6% of arable land in this island nation. And some people, unfortunately, learn the hard way. So it was with our customer earlier this year. Having established a new … Full article click here >>

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Better in Brazil: Coffee and Cocoa

“Following our discussions in Brazil, we understood even more clearly than before, that whatever the challenges, the same technology can be applied to help growers deliver higher yields of better quality cocoa and coffee. Nutrigation™ works for coffee and cocoa, wherever you grow.” So commented Natan Barak, Netafim’s Head of Commercial, Americas Division, following a resoundingly successful first-ever 2017 (ICCS) International Coffee & Cocoa Seminar hosted by Netafim. ICCS was held over three days in March 2017 in Brazil’s Mina … Full article click here >>

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Coffee break in Addis Ababa

Earlier this month, we were delighted to participate in the 15th African Fine Coffees Conference & Exhibition in Addis Ababa. It was a time to listen and learn and share. We were delighted with the opportunity to meet and talk with many farmers and agri-professionals from around the region, and also, present our Smart Irrigation and NutrigationTM solutions for coffee farmers in Africa. More than 200 guests from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, DRC, etc. came to visit our booth and … Full article click here >>

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At the root of the finest coffee is drip

Every time you see someone enjoying a great cup of coffee, just think that a dedicated farmer overcame significant challenges to grow the beans that provide such distinctive flavor and quality. For centuries, coffee growers have struggled with the high sensitivity of coffee cultivation in time of water scarcity or, on the other hand, the problems of water logging and nutrient leaching in wet seasons. Farmers must contend with a shallow active root system of most coffee plants which makes … Full article click here >>

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Thank you for 2016 – looking forward to 2017!

Dear friends and colleagues, As we head into a promising and hopeful 2017, we would like to wish you all a wonderful year ahead, with good health, happiness and prosperity for you, your families and your communities. In 2016, we celebrated many successes advancing drip irrigation and its contribution to sustainable development. Naty Barak, our Chief Sustainability Officer, who plays an active role in an ISO committee to develop new standards for the reuse of wastewater, was interviewed for a … Full article click here >>

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Going bananas with drip

The annual world production of bananas is more than 100 billion fruits equivalent to an estimated 86 million tons, making bananas of the most popular fruit around. Take some time to go bananas with a few fast facts from The BananaPolice.com: India grows more bananas than any other country on the planet, about 28% of world production. Bananas are low in calories and have no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol. They contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6. … Full article click here >>

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Rice is nice. Nicer with drip.

It’s not surprising that we are so interested in rice. A major food staple in many parts of the world, rice is the most important grain with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake, providing more than one-fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans (Wikipedia). Around 160 million hectares of rice are cultivated each year around the world – that’s about 50 times the size of Belgium! So, it’s not surprising that we would want to focus our energies … Full article click here >>

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The Taste Of Italy Is Better With Drip

Polenta is one of Italy’s national foods alongside other favorites you will easily recognize, such as pasta and pizza. Versatile, tasty and very filling, polenta is a regular feature on menus around Italy, sometimes in combination with Parmesan cheese, another Italian specialty. Polenta and parmesan go well together and you can find many recipes for Parmesan Polenta to suit your taste. Parmigiano-Reggiano is the “official” name of this distinctive Italian cheese made from skimmed cow’s milk. It’s a strong-tasting, hard … Full article click here >>

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Sustainable California with Almonds: Advancing the SDGs

A recent article published in “Food Ingredients 1st”, quotes: “The California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP) shows that more than 70% of almond orchards report using water-saving micro-irrigation systems and more than 80% of growers report using demand-based irrigation in their orchards, which means they monitor weather, soil moisture and the trees themselves to determine exactly when and how much to irrigate, rather than watering on a pre-determined schedule”. In addition, Stacey Humble, Vice President of Global Marketing at the Almond … Full article click here >>

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